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Combating Human Trafficking and Promoting Safe Migration
Nepal
April 2002

Asia MapU.S. State Department estimates show that in 2002 as many as 4 million women and children were trafficked across global borders. In Nepal, BEPS conducted an assessment on the worst forms of child labor and determined that children affected by the Maoist armed conflict, which began in 1996, are particularly vulnerable to abusive child labor practices. While a cease fire called during the team’s trip provided some hope of peaceful resolution, children and families remain in urgent need of educational services.

BEPS initiatives in Nepal aim to use life skills and literacy training, mentoring, and formal and nonformal education preventatively to reach children, families and communities at large, on child labor and trafficking issues.

The BEPS team collaborates with World Education/Nepal and two Nepali NGOs, which are currently designing a scope of work to address children who are internally displaced or out of school as a result of the conflict. BEPS will work with the groups to provide educational support to children affected by the conflict, vocational training to older youth, and nonformal education, which will aim to better protect children from domestic or cross-border trafficking and other forms of abusive child labor. Emphasis will be placed on linking youth to employment opportunities while raising awareness on safe migration practices and key life skills


 

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